Law requiring public cardiac defibrillators to be enacted

July 1, 2010 04:23
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Law requiring public cardiac defibrillators to be enacted

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Although the law required the installation of cardiac defibrillators in all public places more than a year ago, the implementation of that legislation has been delayed. Now the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor says it is acting to set down regulations for installing the machines, and will use the professional help of Magen David Adom to ensure that they are carried out.

Ministry legal adviser Michael Atlan said action will be taken to ensure that the devices are accessible to the public with clear, uniform signs at all defibrillator stations.

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The devices, which are commonplace and have saved many lives in many Western countries, use an electric shock to restart the hearts of victims of cardiac arrest. They can be used even by an untrained civilian. Atlan appeared Tuesday before the Knesset Labor, Social Affairs and Health Committee, which discussed the delays in implementation of the law.

Chief ministry labor inspector Yoram Elazari said that resuscitation does not fall under the expertise of the ministry, thus it asked MDA – which resuscitated people every day – to help. In addition, the Health Ministry has responsibility for professional medical aspects and licensing of equipment.

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